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Grateful Dead Live at Gaelic Park on 1971-08-26

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Grateful Dead Live at Gaelic Park on 1971-08-26

Publication date 1971-08-26 (check for other copies)
Topics Live concert
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Bertha, Playin' In The Band, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, El Paso, Big Boss Man, Big Railroad Blues, Hard To Handle, Beat It On Down The Line, Loser, Sugar Magnolia, Empty Pages, Good Lovin', Casey Jones Me & My Uncle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Deal, Cumberland Blues, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One, Next Time You See Me, Me And Bobby McGee, Uncle John's Band, Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, Johnny B. Goode


SDBMR> DAT> WAV> SHN; via Dopey; faded in on reel cut into d2t3; apparently level differences between sets 1 and 2


Reviewer: popeye squirm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2013
Subject: pigpen and the bronx
lot's of great reviews here..thanks to everybody sharing their memories ...i wish i coulda been there too..obviously a pretty special time.this is really good show too but the audio comes up short on what it musta been like to be usually does but in this case, well more so..cheers people! here's to pigpen.i love all the stuff that the guys did after he passed but i can't help but think he woulda goosed things up a whole bunch of notches if he was around.
Reviewer: haitianjack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2013
Subject: First Review
Hey Y'all. I'm new here to the group and am still getting my sea legs but I've been streaming for a lil' while. This is a real nice show. The mix seems off for stretches but I'm not a technical connoisseur and could care less because Jerry's voice is SOARING and this is the *best* rendition of Mister Charlie I've ever heard. Surprised there isn't more commentary on this show, esp amongst the Pig fans. Probably deemed inferior by the experts, but I'm wild about 1971, I love the up-vocals, so I guess I got the rage of the convert. I bumped into the Hollywood Paladium show 9 months ago and it blew my mind and gave me a new hobby that don't cost me much. My Dad was into the scene and was all over the place. It was cool to play him the Franklin and Marshall 1971 show where he had a great memories. Since we've gotten older, I really cherish this music. I've gotten to know him better and having access to this site makes me feel like I'm home and close to my people. Thank you for making this website. It's a treasure. 5 stars cause I'm feeling emotional on my first post and it's a damn fine show. Alligator Wine all around people. Sip it, it burns.
Reviewer: Grey Lens - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2012
Subject: Such a long long time to be gone, and a short time to be there.
This was my first show. The only time I ever saw Pig Pen. I was 17, had just gotten in the gate and as I walked across the field I saw Artie Carlisle (Whoopakee) who promptly and without warning shoved several barrels of Sunshine into my mouth.
I truly believed that the pitifully few fragments of memory I could summon these forty one years later were all I would ever again have of that golden amorphous and immersive experience. It really seemed like a dream dreamed one afternoon long ago.
There were other shows, some superb, some not, but they were unquestionably a later incarnation of the band. Never again was I privy to have a glimpse of the seminal Dead.
Thank you for making this available from the bottom of my heart. You have restored a part of my life to me. Grey, Bklyn, NY.

Reviewer: swampRatchild - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2010
Subject: bronx dead
really good show here from back in the day.just love them old piggy of the best versions of mr.charlie.
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2010
Subject: St. Stephen's Last time for a while??
The previous reviewer said: "St Stephen also got put away after this show for a long while." While kind of true, they did play St. Stephen on 10/21/71 & 10/31/71 before putting it away until 6/9/76. It surely was the last New York City St. Stephen until '76. Great show though.
Reviewer: ajb2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2010
Subject: An outdoor summers night in NYC
This was truly a wonderful show. Not perfect, not textbook, not pristine...but if you liked the GD being themselves...this was it. before the show Pig and Jerry were hanging out by the fence(yes an old fashioned metal fence) between the audience and the stage yacking away with us...The sun faded behind the dark sky, the trains circling the field and Jerry without glasses(not many of these shows around)just having a great old time. I clearly remember Phil starting the show by saying "this is the last time we are going to do a show like this" and it was as Keith joined and Pig Pen took a back seat. On this night he was clearly out front..when did you see a show in those days where he would sing two songs in a row...St Stephen also got put away after this show for a long while...They were high, healthy and seemed quite happy with the gritty Bronx tale surroundings...I tell you of my 400 or so - this was one of the most pure fun shows i attended....
Reviewer: dylan&theded - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2009
Subject: five stars
just for pig's stuff alone
Reviewer: EcRocker - - November 2, 2008
Subject: I wish I was there
I was only 15 at the time and never ventured off to the Bronx.
However i did get to see them in Nov of 1971 and must have seen them at least 20 some odd times after that. Oh how I wish I could have seen this and all the other concerts held there.

I do have to say that Howard Stein helped to fill a big gap in the summer months in NYC and after Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East.

If anyone here worked for Howard I would love to hear from you. Who knows we may have even met up at the Academy of Music. RIP Academy and Howard Stein

I can't honestly rate this since I was not there.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2008
Subject: Intermittent cable hum, and static
THE BRONX, NEW YORK. The only part of New York City that is connected to the North American Continent.

Great show, wonderful mix, great performance. Occasional auido cable static/short and/or hum. A bad cable rears its ugly head from time to time, sometimes too on Empty Pages.

While listening to the show you might think you have a bad cable, or your stereo system has a short, or your speakers are blown, but it's just the recording. A bad cable/cord should never be used and here is a good expample of why.
Reviewer: guitarlaw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2007
I was 19 and worked at this concert doing security standing right in front of the stage and Jerry.

An amazing venue, high energy, the Dead at their peak.

I learned to play Casey Jones by watching Jerry that day.

It was great!
Reviewer: PickL - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2007
Subject: The Best Bobby McGee ever
This is one of my all, all time favorite tapes.
Yeah, had to rely on tons of them through the years. Didn't go to my 1st show until '87 so the really early years are my obsession. I can never get enough of the version of BMcG.
It is so beautiful. I also think the quality of this both on this site and on my tape is fantastic considering it's from '71.
Reviewer: kennyzee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2007
Subject: Gaelic Park
Open seating on the ground. Bring a blanket, bring a jug, bring whatever. Dealers making their way through the crowds. Elevated subway going by every so often outside. Van Cortlandt Park nearby on one side, Riverdale on the other.

What struck me most (I was 17) was that the band just walked out and started playing. No warm up group, no loud mouth NYC DJ to intro them, no nothin'. Where we were sitting, half way back, people just suddenly realized there was music and turned to face the stage. The band was out, plugged and playing.

All the Dead Metaphysics, the Way, the Whatever, were encapsulated in that. Just walk out on stage, plug in, and play the music.

PS: As for sound quality, as a Mountain Goats fan and a long ago cassette taper of FM radio, I know that for me slick and polished is not necessarily better. In the best analog to digital conversions something is always intentionally lost. Some people claim their ears (brains?) can "hear" (feel?) what's missing. Well, maybe the converse is that the clicks and pops may actually ADD to the LIVE listening experience???
Reviewer: justoldalph - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2007
Subject: End of an era?
As a kid I remember the ads for this show, and a series of shows in NYC filling the void left by the Fillmore East closing that year. For 6 months the band had been playing as a quintet, and when Pig took stage breaks, they were banging it out as a quartet. But therea re no shows for the late summer until they rehearse with Keith, so this is a turning point the end of a line up for the band. Also I have looked through the db-tree playlists, and I do not see Hard to Handle played after this date. Is it so?

This page link is useful. It shows the info for Black Sabbath playing the same venue 2 nights later. Howard Stein, same promotor for the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. 5 bucks for Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Black Oak Arkansas.
Reviewer: Chris Freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2007
Subject: What would be the answer...
There is an incredible amount of music here. The previous reviewers do a great job of giving some
insight into the scene.(Orchid Doctor-we could use your historical wisdom over at the forum-again)

I can see how each generation of Deadheads are tempted to look back at what has come before. This is not the same band that would jam through a whole set without stopping via 67-70. Yet, this is also a band that is defining a sound that will come to make it the Touring band of America in the 70's, 80's and early 90's. This is also a band that lived it's prime on the road giving everything to the sound we all love & cherish. Sure Pigpen is feeling those blues but he like all the other key members of this band are working on a "til death do us part" basis.

Highlights-Come on nay sayers this is all priceless Dead! Folks who knock a show like this fit the lyric, "You must mean water when you get down on your knees and beg for blood"

Some things i noticed they end the Other One quickly after the second verse and then throw in some trippy harmonies for good measure.

How lubricated everyone must have been by the time the band breaks out the St. Stephen.

THis would be one for the mythical time machine.

99 of 100
-1 because I did not have the good fortune of having hippie parents to bring a then 4 year old to this show.
Reviewer: frankmunz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2007
Subject: What an Introduction
I was 16 at the time.
I,ve been meaning to go to a Dead concert for about a year and never (so to say) got around to it. I was given 2 tickets by a co-worker cause he couldn't make it. I knew some friends that were going, so I figured "The Dead concert at a baseball field. Sure....why not?
Well, this started an addiction that has been with me ever since, and probably will be for the rest of my life.
I hung outside the park with friends in 90 degree heat all afternoon. They opened the gates at 5:00. I remember The Dead started early (about 6:00) due to the threat of thunder storms. Well, it never rained, and they played till after 11:00 playing 3 sets.
What a concert to be introduced to this band!!!!
After all the shows I've attended over the years, I look back and feel that this is probably the last show that had that classic "Grateful Dead Fillmore Feel" if you know what I mean. That rustic, garage sound that when they were tight and together with a song was really awesome.
Johnny B Goode as an encore 15 minutes after the show looked like it was going to end was awsome.
It was the only time I saw the band with Pigpen.
Reviewer: Driftin N Dreamin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2006
Subject: Another great '71 show
This is one I had not heard, some great stuff, definitely worth listening to, even with some sound issues.

BTW: Hard to Handle was ressurected for 2 shows 12/30 & 31/82 with Etta James doing vocal duties.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2006
Subject: Brooklyn 8/26/71
Gaelic park?
very worthy show...
output issues on a tape from 71...get an equalizer and deal...Mr Charlie...Cumberland...Stephen et all --- awesome...5
Reviewer: orchiddoctor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2006
Subject: Great Memories
Yep--the last H2H.

I'm one of those who were lucky enough to catch the Dead as a young band, starting in 1967. Growing up a few subway stops from the Village had its merits!

I attended High School just up the hill from Gaelic Park. When they announced that the Dead would be playing there, I wondered about the sanity of this choice. The IRT ran above ground to its last stop at 242 Street, just past the stadium.

The concert, by the way, was actually a make up for a show in July that had been rained out.

We took the faithful trainride up to the stadium and walked on in. Shockingly, the band started on time. Crowds were still pouring in as the boys launched into Bertha. Not every song was perfect, but for the most part, the concert was great. Pig was on fire--his last show until midway through the Fall tour.

It's a shame that they retired Hard to Handle after this show. It's a shame about Blue Ron in general. Last time I got to see him was at the Academy of Music run in March of '72--the warm up for the European tour. He seemed to be subdued and had less stage time by then.

But at Gaelic, he got his due, and so did we.

four stars for the recording--the radio noise was Bobby's amp. Four and a half for the playing.
Six for Pig, and ten for the memory.
Reviewer: stuffyhead - favoritefavorite - June 13, 2006
Subject: nay!
Sorry, I dl'd this because I work in Riverdale for novelties sake at first.

The show is not one of the better. Not an "ON" night.

The pops and dropouts throughout the whole show are very annoying. This will probably not get played again.
Reviewer: mrbill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2006
Subject: Nice music but so-so mix
They played well at this show. But the mix isn't too good. Phil is mixed too loud. This is interesting because much of the time is he is mixed too low so we really get to hear his basslines. But Jerry's guitar is too low. Maybe it can be run through an equalizer? But that doesn't always work well.
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2006
Subject: Come on
This is a very good show with one of the most super soul sounding Good Lovin's around.

The 70's don't want skbarchive anyway.
Maybe he wanted the first notes of St.Stephen to implode his brain or some shit.
Reviewer: ace51 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2006
Subject: first time
I was 19, came across the GW and on up to unknown territory. I went with my girlfriend who was into the dead and convinced me we had to go. I had never been patient enough to give them a serious listen. I was into the Stones. She used to put on American Beauty and I just didn't get it. But we prepared ourselves and it turned out to be good clean fun. I remember a weird old concession stand toward the back of the field and we were closer to that than the stage. I remember at one point people started throwing ice back and forth and for a moment there was cause for concern. I also remeber looking up at the surreal scene off to the side of the stage and behind it these elevated railroad tracks and seeing some old guys up there leaning over the rails checking out the scene below. I thought of many things that I had never considered and I learned that the people are the show and the dead just come to facilitate for this wild interaction. unforgettable it was.
Reviewer: skb archives - favoritefavorite - January 5, 2006
Subject: Source
This is not all that great sounding. It is really a Rm>Cass>Dat>CD and has what sounds like radio noise.

Reviewer: jammy - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2005
Subject: Only show in the Bronx
Interesting time period for the Dead. Average 1971 show. Rare Empty Pages (Dicks Picks has the only other Empty Pages). Bouncy, but short, Good lovin'. Always like the 1971 Other Ones. Sound quality good but not stellar, few warts here and there. Happy to have it in my collection.

for 1971 3 stars
since I like 1971 3.75 stars
Reviewer: Grateful Jeff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2005
Subject: What a Grate Show!
I was working in Van Cortlandt Park, a summer job, just a few blocks from Gaelic Park, so how could I miss this one. My friend Dan was even more determined as he showed up on crutches, having injured his foot while playing frisbee.
This show was worth every effort. Very strong from start to finish with one of the many killer '71 Hard To Handles. It was to be the last time I would see Pigpen perform live.
Reviewer: sixkids - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2005
Subject: 1st show
This was my first dead show. I was 14 years old goin to high school in the Bronx. I had no idea that this day would change the course of the rest of my life. The band rocked. I had no idea of how lucky I was until later on down the line. Anyway it's great to hear it all again and again and again.
Reviewer: Socks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2004
Subject: I remember
Went to this show a week after seeing the Jefferson Airplane at the same location. A friend taped both, and we stood on line for the Dead by the car listening to the Airplane with the doors open so everyone on line could get in the mood. Sound quality was pretty poor on those tapes though they gave a good feel for what it was like to be in the audience. But hearing this recording I'd forgotten how good this show really was!
Reviewer: DeadDave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2004
Subject: Excellent
This is at the end of the NYC subway? Sounds really good...Phil bombs present this day.

If you listen on headphones the first two discs have trouble with left and right channels...but disc 3 is one for the ages.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2004
Subject: empty pages...
empty rooms...only recording i know of this ominous pigpen sung tune.....this is a pretty sweet sounding show, not one of the best recordings from 71, cause there are so many better...but THE BRONX? hell yeah...i am surprised the subway didn't shut down from all the juice the boys were suckin outta COn Ed {jerry is a wee bit low on da mix } actually now that i have gone ahead to GDTRFB, the mix is fine back to a high 4 star show for me Tony!
Reviewer: ommani - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2004
Subject: In the Bronx at the end of the Subway Line
One of my first shows, it was freaky to take the IRT train to something like 247th St. traveling from Brooklyn and watching the floor of the train start to bubble like something out of Terminator 2....without the usual New Riders as an opener The Dead took the stage and bolted out of the gate with a fantastic "Bertha" and cooked with only five musicians onstage (Mickey was on sabbatical, perhaps never to return, who knew?).
St. Stephen came from nowhere and was a rare treat at the time!
I remember a fan being totally naked sitting on a 20 foot high fence after the show with several other fans trying to coax him "back to Earth" as it was a seventies thing.
Reviewer: Stu Fried - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2004
Subject: My first show
I was lucky that this was my first show. Despite the rumbling of the Broadway local only a block away it was an amazing feast for ears and mind. It took me 30 years to find a copy of this show, You shouldn't wait that long.
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